American Association of School Librarians

AASL President recognizes OverDrive Education with Crystal Apple Award

CHICAGO – OverDrive Education has been selected by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Kathryn Roots Lewis as a 2019 recipient of the AASL Crystal Apple. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL President to an individual or group that has had a significant impact on school libraries and students.

AASL President recognizes Marney Welmers with Crystal Apple Award

CHICAGO – Marina "Marney" Welmers, retired middle school librarian, has been selected as a 2019 recipient of the Crystal Apple by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Kathryn Roots Lewis. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL President to an individual or group that has had a significant impact on school libraries and students.

AASL announces 2019 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2019 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The annual lists honor apps and websites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. 

An updated introduction to collection development for school librarians

CHICAGO — Applying an informal and practical approach, Mona Kerby’s new second edition of “An Introduction to Collection Development for School Librarians,” published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, provides beginning librarians with the essential steps to effectively manage a vibrant school library collection.

Wyoming (Ohio) Middle School wins ALA’s 2019 Jaffarian Award for poverty and philanthropy program

The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its 2019 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award to Wyoming (Ohio) Middle School for their Poverty and Philanthropy class. 

The $5,000 Jaffarian Award, supported by the Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes excellence in humanities programming in libraries that serve grades K-8.

E-book collections and professional development examined in School Library Research

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines high school e-book collections and structured professional development for in-service school librarians. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school libraries. Articles can be accessed for free at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

New School Library Research Asks "Whose Responsibility Is It to Teach Digital Citizenship"

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines the perceptions and beliefs of school librarians regarding state-mandated digital citizenship instruction in K–12 schools. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school libraries. Articles can be accessed for free at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

Google Sponsors School Library Rewards Program on Donorschoose.org to Teach Coding and Digital Skills

CHICAGO – Today, Google and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, announced The CS First & Applied Digital Skills Classroom Rewards for School Librarians to provide school librarians who teach elementary, middle or high school coding or applied digital skills with a $300 gift card, sponsored by Google, to use towards their own projects registered on DonorsChoose.org.

AASL opens nominations for administrator collaborative

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has opened nominations for school administrators to serve on its AASL School Leader Collaborative. Administrators must be nominated by an AASL member and both the administrator and the AASL member must be able to attend the 2019 AASL National Conference taking place Nov. 14-16 in Louisville, Kentucky. If appointed to serve, the administrator and their nominator will receive a shared $1,000 travel stipend and each will receive complimentary conference registration.

AASL launches school administrator collaborative

CHICAGO – With support from OverDrive Education, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is launching a two-year initiative to engage with an audience vital to the success of school librarian advocacy: school administrators. The "AASL School Leader Collaborative: Administrators & School Librarians Transforming Teaching and Learning" aims to strengthen AASL’s collaboration with school administrators. The initiative champions the school librarian’s integral role in teaching and learning.